Kenny Omega has given his thoughts on the backstage fight that took place at All Out between The Elite and CM Punk, saying that his view at the time was that “it happens.”
At All Out in September 2022, CM Punk recaptured the AEW World Championship while Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks stood tall as the inaugural Trios Champions in the company. And then the world seemed to implode.
At the post-show press conference, CM Punk went on a tirade against several of his colleagues including The Bucks, Hangman Adam Page, and Colt Cabana. What followed was a fight in Punk’s locker room which led to the suspension of all involved and the firing of company producer Ace Steel who is alleged to have bitten Omega on the arm.
Not much information on the situation has been forthcoming from those involved but now appearing on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Kenny Omega shared his thoughts on the situation. Omega admits that he perhaps didn’t realise the seriousness of the situation as teammates coming to blows is something that sometimes happens:
“Here’s the way that I look at it. Like I’m involved in competitive sports, contact sports, at the highest level. Some people on our roster have, some people on our roster have not, but I feel like if you have, you’ve probably been in a spat or two with a teammate. And maybe sometimes a time or two, it might come to blows, you know, it happens.
“So, coming from that sort of background, there was a point to it all when I felt like, oh, this just happens, we’re gonna get over it. Let’s just calm down and talk it over. No, nothing is [wrong], we’re all doing okay. Here. You know this is we’re getting it out of our system, no problem. but let’s maybe stop, you know, and we just don’t live in that world anymore.
“There are things especially now when you’re in a multi-million billion dollar industry where there are sponsorships on the line, TV deal is on the line. It’s not like high school football. It’s not, you know, a little tiff that you might have with someone on your fellow, amateur wrestling team or whatever, or maybe someone held a submission too long in jiu-jitsu training. It’s not that – these things shouldn’t even be happening.
“It’s a shame that the general public and a lot of people aren’t ever going to know what went down, and how it could have been prevented or how it could have, you know, ended differently. That’s just sort of how things go again when it’s a big business operation. I don’t think anyone is happy that it happened, or is proud that it happened, or anything like that. I think across the board, everyone thinks that was a terrible situation that was unnecessary.”
Kenny Omega then commented on not being able to comment on the situation in the weeks following it and that’s how opinions and theories filled that silence:
“There was a while when, and I can understand the confusion. It’s sort of like, hey, we know this thing happened. We heard this thing happened. It’s all over the dirt sheets. Why don’t we know what happened? And it’s like, we’re gone, and we’re kind of sworn to secrecy.
“We can’t say anything, legally. So that was the poopy part where I was like, Well, why doesn’t anyone tell us what’s happening? And then you’re forced to form your own opinion or to come up with your own theory as to what exactly happened.”
While CM Punk’s future in AEW remains uncertain, the former AEW World Champion took a humourous shot at a fan and threatened to return.
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